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Cumbria Way

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Turn left into Station Street

Pass the Moot Hall and leave Keswick Market Square at the south east corner

Walk up Station Street

Keep straight ahead onto Station Road at the junction with Penrith Road, beside the war memorial

Continue along Station Road crossing the bridge over the River Greta

After crossing a dip where the track can be muddy in wet weather, and as the track begins to rise slightly again, look for the place where a small path crosses the main track (N 54°42.124’ W 03°03.530’)

The Cumbria Way near High Pike

The path leads directly to the summit cairn of High Pike


High Pike is the highest point on The Cumbria Way (High Route) between Ulverston and Carlisle at 658m (2157ft)


Summit of High Pike

Turn left, leaving the main track, to follow the smaller path uphill

The Cumbria Way near High Pike

When the summit is reached a stone seat provides an opportunity for a welcome rest before the long descent to Caldbeck


From the trig point (N 54°42.329’ W 03°03.526’) adjacent to the summit cairn, cross the summit towards the rough, stone built wind shelter 90m (100 yards) away

Ulverston to Gawthwaite - Gawthwaite to Coniston - Coniston to Skelwith Bridge

Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale - Great Langdale to Rosthwaite

Rosthwaite to Keswick - Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route)

Keswick to Caldbeck (High Route) - Caldbeck to Sebergham - Sebergham to Dalston

Dalston to Carlisle


Keswick to Caldbeck (High Route)


Aim towards the right (east) side of the wind shelter

Pass close to the wind shelter and continue, picking up a well defined path where the ground starts to steepen (N 54°42.388’ W 03°03.500’)

Follow the path downhill

After 25m (30 yds) the path bends to the right



To continue on the Main Route:

Cross the road at the top of the wall and go up the side road almost directly opposite

Caldbeck

At the bottom of the first descent where the path levels out (N 54°42.425’ W 03°03.463’), 100m (110yds) after passing the wind shelter, turn left off the main ridge path onto a small less obvious path


It is important not to miss this turn

Walk through the car park to emerge onto the road at the far end


Cross the road onto Friar Row to continue along The Cumbria Way


Caldbeck Village Alternative Route: The alternative route via Caldbeck village is rejoined when the road is reached

Caldbeck
Caldbeck

Take the first turn right (N 54°44.966’ W 03°03.245’), down a track leading to a car park

Go down the hill and between the houses, crossing the bridge over Whelpo Beck


Keep right where the road forks when the large village green is reached


Caldbeck

Cross the road to the gap in the wall (N 54°44.855’ W 03°03.201’)


Main Route: Go up the steps in the narrow gap in the wall (Turn left to go round the end of the wall if your backpack is too big to fit through the narrow gap)


Caldbeck Village Alternative Route: To take the alternative route via Caldbeck village, turn right before the steps in the wall

The Cumbria Way, Hodden Court, Caldbeck

Where the hedge turns left, keep straight on to the footpath gate at the edge of the wood

The Cumbria Way near Cat Crags, Caldbeck

Cross the small field beyond and go through the metal gate in the fence


Keep straight ahead as the field narrows into a path

The Cumbria Way, Townhead, Caldbeck

Cross a small untidy area of ground and go over the stile in a hedge


(Ignore the footpath gate leading into a lane on the right)


The Cumbria Way near Townhead, Caldbeck

Where the lane widens shortly before reaching a house on the left, turn right onto a footpath


The Cumbria Way near Townhead, Caldbeck

At the crossroads keep straight ahead into a narrow lane

The Cumbria Way near Wath, Caldbeck

Ignore a track going straight on, turn left keeping the road


The Cumbria Way near Nether Row

At the junction of tracks on a small area of open ground at Nether Row (N 54°43.846’ W 03°03.106’), keep straight on


The Cumbria Way (Low Route) alternative re-joins the High Route here


The Cumbria Way, Nether Row

Pass between the buildings of Clay Bottom Farm, keep straight on following the track

Clay Bottom Farm, Nether Row, Caldbeck

The track bears left towards the house


Follow the track through the middle one of the three gates

Clay Bottom Farm, Nether Row, Caldbeck

After crossing a very small ford, go through the gate (N 54°43.648’ W 03°03.118’) to leave the open fell, and continue along the track

The Cumbria Way near Nether Row

…and starts to gently descend

Continue to follow the path as it steepens

At a second path junction (N 54°42.933’ W 03°03.331’) turn approximately 45° left onto the descending grassy path

The Cumbria Way near Potts Gill Mine

Follow the path downhill


Cumbria Way near Potts Gill Mine

Where the path crosses a track, keep straight ahead, downhill

The Cumbria Way near Potts Gill Mine

At a path junction (N 54°43.351’ W 03°03.389’) just before a grass topped mound on the right (the foundation of an old aerial ropeway tower) a feint path to the left offers a shorter, steeper, alternative route, rejoining the main track lower down

The Cumbria Way near Potts Gill Mine

Follow the track downhill


The track steepens and turns sharp left, continuing downhill, then turns right and becomes less steep as it approaches a wall


(As the path approaches the wall (N 54°43.521’ W 03°03.270’) the alternative route from higher up the path rejoins the main route)

Cumbria Way below Netherrow Brow

Keep the wall on the left as the path leads into a wide lane

The Cumbria Way near Nether Row

Go over a stile into a lane


Cross the lane and go through the footpath gate on the opposite side


The Cumbria Way, Townhead, Caldbeck

Where a track joins from the left, bear right, downhill, passing beside a large heap of mine waste on the right


(Southbound walkers keep left here)

The Cumbria Way near Potts Gill Mine

Turn right opposite the houses into Spoonygreen Lane (N 54°36.419’ W 03°08.120’), signposted Skiddaw 4 miles

Spoonygreen Lane end, Brundholme Road, Keswick

After 50m (55 yds) turn left onto a footpath leading up a grassed area towards the Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre

Keep straight on to a gate (N 54°36.560’ W 03°07.878’), just beyond a house on the left (Spooney Green)


Go through the gate


(Point of interest… The spelling of the lane is Spoonygreen Lane, the house is Spooney Green, two words and with an ‘e’)

Follow the lane as it rises and crosses a bridge over the busy A66 road

Spoonygreen Lane, Keswick

Pass an open space on the right and keep straight ahead following the track up into the wood


There is an information board beside the track where it enters the wood

Spoony Green near Keswick

The track climbs steeply through the wood


Keep straight on up the hill, ignore a gated track leading off to the right

The Cumbria Way, Spooney Green

After passing some open ground on the left, the track forks. Keep right continuing to climb on the much larger path through the trees


Where a track trails in from the right by an old stone gatepost, keep straight on

The track turns sharp left and crosses a small stream


20m (25 yds) after crossing the stream, the path divides


Keep left on the lower path

The Cumbria Way, Ewe How near Keswick

The track swings sharply right and approaches another path junction (N 54°36.783’ W 03°07.649’)


Keep left to follow the larger track

Continue climbing through the wood

The Cumbria Way, Ewe How

… and continues to descend gently to cross a wide saddle

The Cumbria Way, Hare Stones

As the path starts to descend it bends to the right

The track crosses the broad summit of Hare Stones (N 54°41.999’ W 03°03.804’), with High Pike visible ahead

The Cumbria Way, Hare Stones

The path develops into more of a track and holds a relatively straight course across the upper slopes of Great Lingy Hill


Continue to follow the track as it first drops slightly then climbs more steeply to the top of Hare Stones

The Cumbria Way, Great Lingy Hill

Follow the path leading gently uphill directly away from the door of Lingy Hut

The Cumbria Way, Lingy Hut

Lingy Hut (N 54°41.554’ W 03°04.158’), remotely situated, is a popular place to pause for a break


For those who wish, there is a visitors book to sign


Carrock Mine to Lingy Hut Alternative Route: The Cumbria Way alternative route from Carrock Mine is rejoined at Lingy Hut

Low Route or High Route?

The High Route between Skiddaw House and Caldbeck is shorter but more challenging.  It crosses open high ground and if you have any doubts about your navigational competence, follow the local advice, “If the tops of the fells are in cloud, take the Low Route


Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route) Alternative

Shortly after the track turns sharp left and crosses a small stream, go through a gate (N 54°36.896’ W 03°07.477’)

The Cumbria Way below Mallen Dodd

Go past an information board on the left and continue along the main path

The Cumbria Way, Round How

The path continues to climb past Gale Ghyll Woods


Follow the main path with the fence to your left

The Cumbria Way by Gale Ghyll Woods

Continue straight on where the footpath from Latrigg Summit trails in from the right (N 54°37.085’ W 03°07.239’)

The Cumbria Way, Mallen Dodd

The path turns and crosses the head of Gale Gill, then climbs steeply…

The Cumbria Way, Gale Gill

… to a gate onto Latrigg Car Park (N 54°37.105’ W 03°06.938’)


Go through the gate

The Cumbria Way, Latrigg Car Park

Turn right and and walk up the car park

Latrigg Car Park

Go over the stile (or through the adjacent gate) at the top corner of the car park (N 54°37.080’ W 03°06.909’)


Turn left and follow the path beside the wall

The Cumbria Way, Latrigg Car Park

Go through a gate and continue straight ahead

The Cumbria Way near Latrigg Car Park

Turn left at a fence corner and continue to follow the fence

Go through a gate leading onto the open fell then take the right hand, lower track (N 54°37.210’ W 03°06.724’)


(The often busy left hand track climbs to the summit of Skiddaw)


The stone cross on the bank up to the left is The Hawell Monument dedicated to two nineteenth century Skiddaw shepherds


The Cumbria Way near Whit Beck

Pass beside a circular sheepfold

The Cumbria Way below Great Calva

Continue to follow the path across a heathery slope

The Cumbria Way below Great Calva

The path approaches Lingy Hut bothy

Lingy Hut

The path improves after about 170m (190 yds)


Continue to follow the path as it begins to climb gently crossing open ground

The Cumbria Way near Miller Moss

The path from the junction is indistinct, wet and boggy in places


In clear weather Lingy Hut can be seen in the distance

The Cumbria Way near Miller Moss

Turn right where the path levels out and joins another indistinct path on boggy ground (N 54°41.394’ W 03°04.281’) at the edge of Miller Moss


(Southbound walkers who miss the junction here can turn left just before the stream is reached (N 54°41.372’ W 03°04.312’) and follow the left (north) bank downhill for 85m (90 yds) to rejoin the Cumbria Way path)

The Cumbria Way near Miller Moss

The path, grassy and indistinct in places, leads away from Grainsgill Beck and approaches Miller Moss as the slope begins to ease

The Cumbria Way near Miller Moss

Pass through the rocky area

The Cumbria Way near Grainsgill Beck

…and leads into an area of rocky ground

The Cumbria Way, Coomb

The path crosses some boggy ground beside a small cataract…

The Cumbria Way, Coomb

Cross a side stream (Arm o’ Grain) and continue to follow Grainsgill Beck, climbing towards the head of the valley

Continue to follow Grainsgill Beck on a narrow, uneven and at times indistinct path

The Cumbria Way beside Grainsgill Beck

To continue on the Main Route:

Follow the track until it reaches Grainsgill Beck, then take the path leading up beside the stream


Keep to the right hand bank, do not cross the stream

The Cumbria Way near Brandy Gill Mine

After approximately 10m (10 yds) there is a second path junction (N 54°41.252’ W 03°03.223’)


Main Route: Turn left onto the broader level path


Carrock Mine to Lingy Hut Alternative Route: To follow the Carrock Mine to Lingy Hut Alternative Route, cross the broad path and continue uphill on a grassy and stony slope. A small path, indistinct at first will be found after approximately 40m (45 yards)

The Cumbria Way near Brandy Gill Mine

Where the track turns sharp right (N 54°41.246’ W 03°03.218’) keep straight on

The Cumbria Way near Brandy Gill Mine

Follow the track

The Cumbria Way near Brandy Gill Mine

When a large gravelled area is reached in an area of old mine workings, continue straight ahead on a track leading up a grassy ramp


There is an information board here detailing the history of Carrock Mine

The Cumbria Way, Brandy Gill Mine

Follow the mine track up the valley


Grainsgill Beck Bridge Alternative Route: The Cumbria Way alternative route from Grainsgill Beck Bridge is rejoined on the left (N 54°41.110’ W 03°02.735’) 75m (80 yards) after leaving the road junction


Continue to follow the mine track

Brandy Gill Mine Road

Turn back sharp left at the junction (N 54°41.083’ W 03°02.685’) and go up the mine track


(Walkers wishing to visit Mosedale or Mungrisedale should continue straight on following the road)


Brandy Gill Mine road end

To continue on the Main Route:

Follow the road for approximately 65m (70 yds) after crossing the bridge. The Brandy Gill Mine track trails in from the left

The Cumbria Way near Grainsgill Beck Bridge

Beyond the bridge a path leaves the road on the left (N 54°41.092’ W 03°02.734’) where the road turns to the right


Main Route: Continue to follow the road


Grainsgill Beck Bridge Alternative Route: To follow the Grainsgill Beck Bridge Alternative Route, turn left after crossing Grainsgill Beck Bridge onto the path leading up the slope

Grainsgill Beck Bridge

The surfaced road is reached at Grainsgill Beck Bridge (N 54°41.087’ W 03°02.744’)

Grainsgill Beck Bridge

Where a track joins from the right, keep straight on following the track down the valley

Cross Wet Swine Gill by a shallow ford

Ignore a grassy track going up the hill on the left, then bear left where another track joins on the right


Follow the main track track down the valley

Cross Burdell Gill by a small ford (N 54°40.380’ W 03°03.940’) and keep straight on at a junction with a track beyond

Continue to follow the path down the valley

Then pass beside a more substantial sheepfold (N 54°40.178’ W 03°04.462’)

Pass a ruined sheepfold

Cross the footbridge (N 54°40.059’ W 03°05.112’) over Wiley Gill and go through the gate or over the adjacent stile beyond


Continue to follow the path down the valley

The path drops down to a footbridge just beyond a circular sheepfold

The Cumbria Way near Wiley Gill

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Grainsgill Beck Bridge Alternative Route


Continuation from above


Turn left off the road (N 54°41.092’ W 03°02.734’) onto a path after crossing Grainsgill Beck Bridge


Follow the path up the slope, keeping left where the path divides

The Cumbria Way, Grainsgill Beck Bridge

After approximately 35m (40 yds) turn left onto the Brandy Gill Mine track (N 54°41.110’ W 03°02.735’) to rejoin the main route


Back to The Cumbria Way Main Route

Path near Grainsgill Beck Bridge

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Carrock Mine to Lingy Hut Alternative Route


A small path, indistinct at first will be found after approximately 40m (45 yards)


After the initial slope, the path levels out and becomes more obvious

Continue to follow the path as it gently climbs along a shelf on the valley side

The path drops down to a stream, Arm o’ Grain, near some ruined sheepfolds


Cross the stream and turn right up the valley

Arm o' Grain

Keep to the left (west) of the stream, climbing on a feint path

Path near Arm o' Grain

Continuation from above


From the path junction (N 54°41.252’ W 03°03.223’) go uphill on a grassy and stony slope

Cross a boggy area, still keeping more or less parallel with the stream

Path near Arm o' Grain

Climb the grassy bank straight ahead

Path near Arm o' Grain

Follow the path beyond, uphill


Pass to the left of a large stone approximately 150m (165 yds) from the top of the bank


The path is now relatively straight leading directly to the Lingy Hut bothy

Path on Great Lingy Hill near Arm o' Grain

Lingy Hut appears on the horizon in the distance


Follow the path as it climbs towards the hut

Path on Great Lingy Hill

At Lingy Hut, turn right to rejoin the Main Route


Back to The Cumbria Way Main Route


Lingy Hut

Follow the track

Cross an open area of heather moorland on a clear path

The Cumbria Way below Great Calva

…and turns to the left, dropping down to a footbridge over the River Caldew


Cross the bridge (N 54°39.369’ W 03°06.071’) and follow the path as it bears round to the right, to continue down the valley

Bridge over the River Caldew near Skiddaw House

The path approaches a valley…

The Cumbria Way near Skiddaw House

At the end of the wall keep straight on following the path downhill

The Cumbria Way near Skiddaw House

To continue on the Cumbria Way (High Route) Alternative:

From the path junction (N 54°39.148’ W 03°06.373’), take the path leading downhill beside a broken wall

The Cumbria Way near Skiddaw House

Continue to follow the path

The path becomes less rocky

…then follows a fence across the lower slopes of Lonscale Fell

The track climbs steeply away from the ford…

Cross Whit Beck by the ford (N 54°37.419’ W 03°06.746’)

The track drops down into the valley of Whit Beck

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Caldbeck Village Alternative Route


Continuation from above


Turn right before the steps in the wall and follow the minor road in front of the houses

At the end of the minor road, join the main road and keep straight on


across Gates Bridge over Gill Beck

Pass a pile of stones

Where Station Road turns right, pass the path leading to the Keswick Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre entrance and continue up the hill

Continue along Main Street past The Royal Oak Hotel

Turn right immediately before reaching the Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre building

Follow the path beside the Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre to the parking area

Follow the car park exit road to the mini-roundabout on Brundholme Road

On the opposite side of the roundabout go up the path by a wooden fence

Turn left and follow the path parallel to the road behind the new houses

Go through the gate at the end of the path

Cross the small road and follow the continuation of the path on the other side

Continue to follow the track as it gently climbs


Ahead is Blease Fell forming the western shoulder of Blencathra

Go through a gate (N 54°37.480’ W 03°05.725’) and continue to follow the path straight ahead

The path crosses the steep fell side

Continuing across Lonscale Crags on a rocky terrace (N 54°37.616’ W 03°05.755’)

The path continues beside the road

Keep right at the road junction opposite The Old Smithy Tea Room

The village square in front of the Oddfellows Arms pub is the centre of Caldbeck

Leave the square by the road to the right of the Oddfellows Arms

Turn right onto the main road

Follow the road over Caldbeck Bridges

Turn right into Friar Row to rejoin the Cumbria Way Main Route


Back to The Cumbria Way Main Route

At the end of the path turn right onto Brundholme Road

Keep straight on along the road

After a steeper section, the path makes a noticeable turn to the right (N 54°42.651’ W 03°03.359’)


Continue to follow the path down the fell side

The path descends more steeply and approaches a small fenced enclosure

Pass beside the fenced enclosure (N 54°42.884’ W 03°03.323’) which contains an old mine shaft, a part of the former Potts Gill Mine

60m (65 yds) after passing the fenced mine shaft, turn right where the path joins a larger path (N 54°42.909’ W 03°03.343’)

Follow the path for 45m (50 yds)

Cross a small stream (N 54°37.797’ W 03°05.833’)

The path continues across the fell side high above Glenderaterra

Follow the path towards the head of the valley

The path changes character from pleasant to the dramatic in a few steps as it crosses the lip of steep sided Glenderaterra, with Glenderaterra Beck far below

The path descends and then levels out again


The conical mountain directly ahead is Great Calva

Cross a footbridge (N 54°38.459’ W 03°05.903’) …

… a small stream

… and pass a ruined hut

A junction of paths is reached at the Guide Stone, a large boulder beside the path (N 54°38.517’ W 03°05.896’)


The path to the right descends 5.3km (3¼ miles) to Threlkeld


Keep straight ahead to follow The Cumbria Way

The path approaches and then runs alongside a stone wall

At the end of the stone wall (N 54°38.752’ W 03°05.809’) continue across the open fell

Continue to follow the path

The path approaches a gate

Go through the gate (N 54°38.952’ W 03°05.764’) and follow the path uphill beyond


Water regularly stands under the left hand gate.  The landowner has unhelpfully wired and padlocked the right hand gate shut, forcing walkers to wade through the puddle


In clear weather Skiddaw House can be seen in the distance

The path crosses a heathery moor


 

Cross the footbridge over Salehow Beck (N 54°39.049’ W 03°05.994’)

The path climbs towards Skiddaw House

Go through the remains of a gate in a broken down fence

The path passes a ruined building and follows the wall in front of Skiddaw House

At the end of the wall, at the path junction, turn right to continue on the Cumbria Way (High Route) to Caldbeck

or

To follow the alternative Cumbria Way (Low Route) to Caldbeck, turn left up to the gate of Skiddaw House then right along the track

Keswick to Latrigg Car Park

 

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This route description is for illustrative purposes only and should only be used in conjunction with appropriate maps and guide books.  See disclaimer

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Route Sections - Keswick to Caldbeck (High Route)

Keswick to Latrigg Car Park

Latrigg Car Park to Skiddaw House

Skiddaw House to Brandy Gill Mine Road End

Brandy Gill Mine Road End to Nether Row

Nether Row to Caldbeck

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Latrigg Car Park to Skiddaw House

Follow the road

The Cumbria Way, Nether Row

Continue to follow the road where it turns sharp right


The road descends towards the valley


Go down the lane

Follow the hedge on the left of the field

Go through the gate and zigzag down through the wood, ignore a gate on the right, keeping left to cross a hump backed bridge over the stream

Follow the path to a road, ignoring a wicket gate on the left

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Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route) Alternative

The track narrows to a path crossing open fell side before passing through a thicket of gorse bushes

Skiddaw House to Brandy Gill Mine road end

Brandy Gill Mine Road End to Nether Row

Nether Row to Caldbeck